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#276 Old 3rd Jun 2021 at 7:54 AM
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Originally Posted by simmer22

Tried baking powder (didn't have soda) for cleaning out pots, but honestly, the only "hack" that really works for dirty kitchen items is to soak it in warm water and dish soap (or some of a dishwashing tablet or powder for really stubborn stuff) and letting it seep for a while. Tried the microwave trick with a lemon and water once, but it didn't even budge on the stubborn spots in that particular microwave (probably works if the spots are relatively new, though - guessing that's what they use for the hack videos...).


Baking powder is not the same as baking soda or 'soda crystals' . I also think that people from britain use a different word for baking soda, to make it more confusing

Baking powder does contain baking soda, but also other ingredients. It is not really suited for cleaning. It is too weak for that.

Then those 'soda crystals' (sodium carbonate decahydrate) are chemically different from baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Former is strong stuff (ph 11) and should never be confused with baking soda. Never use this stuff for cooking instead of baking soda It is used as ingredient in washing machine powder. On its own it can also be used to clean your washing machine for example.

So use baking soda for mild cleaning and soda crystals for heavy cleaning (use gloves). So you could use soda crystals for your pots.
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#277 Old 4th Jun 2021 at 6:46 PM Last edited by simmer22 : 4th Jun 2021 at 7:43 PM.
Yeah, it is very confusing - I hadn't even heard of soda crystals. Had to look it up, and there is something called that, but I don't think I've seen it (or not been aware of it, at least). Anyway, English as a second language sometimes complicates things...

I know the difference between baking soda/baking powder when it comes to baking, and there are a few cleaning hacks for baking soda (baking powder just makes a mess due to the other ingredients). Pretty sure soda crystals would be really bad for baking, though...

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Anyway, over to today's annoyance.

A power extension cord in our living room took its final breath and zapped the internet power cord, so no net for an evening and half a day. Then we got a replacement cord for a day, all fine and good, then the internet provider decides to change the entire box. My laptop is fine, our phones are fine, but mom's old laptop - big, fat, NOPE! Works on cord, but Wifi? Absolutely not! Been trying to get it to work most of the day but no luck. So we call them, try, call, try, etc. Then I leave mom to her own devices for maybe an hour or so while the techs are supposedly going to fix the problem from their end (no idea what they're doing, but so far nothing has helped). Then we call back, I start up her computer, and...

(Big, fat, black/white/red warning after startup)
"WARNING! Have you done a backup/Do you want to delete all the files on the computer Y/N?"

MOOOOOOM??? WHAT THE *BLEEEEEP* HAVE YOU BEEN DOING???
Mom: "Me? Haven't done anything *acts annoyed*"
(I know enough about computers to not start a complete wipe while clicking around in settings, so it's definitely not me...)

I got it fixed (fortunately all we had to do was to click "no" but still... I have no idea what she'd done.
Wifi still not working, but I do hope we get it fixed after the weekend.
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#278 Old 5th Jun 2021 at 10:07 PM
My WPM (words per minute) has dropped from 80+ wpm to just 71. I mean, I almost never use a laptop these days but still. Also I have to do my NVQ essay... I just typed out all the questions and there's so damn many... it took half an hour. I am mildly having a panic attack just thinking about all the work I have to get done for a qualification I don't need nor want.

~Your friendly neighborhood ginge
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#279 Old 11th Jun 2021 at 1:42 AM
What is it with wild life and my yard this year?

I was sitting at my desk watching a video minding my own business. About 10 minutes in I hear what sounded like a animal in distress. I look out the window and there is a red-tailed hawk in The Pit with something flailing around in it's talons. I head outside, the hawk drops what was supposed to be dinner and flies off. The adult rabbit ( I'm assuming it is the resident rabbit on our property) disappears as I make my way up the driveway to find what the hawk had; it was a baby bunny. By the time I heard the noise and got to the end of the driveway, the bunny was deceased.

WTF! Is this what people go through when they clean up their yard and want to have a peaceful space? It is a really fucked up consequence for doing the 'right thing'.
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#280 Old 13th Jun 2021 at 4:04 AM
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What is it with wild life and my yard this year?

I was sitting at my desk watching a video minding my own business. About 10 minutes in I hear what sounded like a animal in distress. I look out the window and there is a red-tailed hawk in The Pit with something flailing around in it's talons. I head outside, the hawk drops what was supposed to be dinner and flies off. The adult rabbit ( I'm assuming it is the resident rabbit on our property) disappears as I make my way up the driveway to find what the hawk had; it was a baby bunny. By the time I heard the noise and got to the end of the driveway, the bunny was deceased.

WTF! Is this what people go through when they clean up their yard and want to have a peaceful space? It is a really fucked up consequence for doing the 'right thing'.


Seems no good deed goes unpunished. Sad to hear you lose a bunch of animals. I'm an equal opportunity animal admirer.

Doing the right thing sucks, but it keeps you out of prison and off the streets.

I should be the only one to shine,
I am the Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica
(Translation of a line from image song Golden Queen Galaxia)
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#281 Old 13th Jun 2021 at 1:17 PM
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Seems no good deed goes unpunished. Sad to hear you lose a bunch of animals. I'm an equal opportunity animal admirer.

Doing the right thing sucks, but it keeps you out of prison and off the streets.


It will be fine, there are bumps of frustration with any project which is what my previous post was. I was mad about the people being litter bugs, I was mad about the bunny situation and overall was irritated with the whole thing. Cleaning up trash and dealing with problematic plants is not a bad thing. If we did nothing, the same thing would have happened as there wasn't a 'canopy' of any of those things for critters such as baby bunnies to hide under.

Since then, I've been filling my brain with little nuggets of information that can be used now or later. For the time being, scare tape and a owl decoy are keeping things quiet so I can focus on other things. Birds are staying out of the area as is the resident rabbit. He / she has been hanging out on the other side of the driveway where there is plenty of cover. If birds want to hang out, the backyard is free from scare tape and decoys, so they can go there.

As for hawks, I saw one circling my neighbors house across the street yesterday morning, haven't seen any since. It doesn't mean they're gone, they're just off doing their hawk things somewhere else which is fine by me.
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#282 Old 15th Jun 2021 at 4:30 PM Last edited by simmer22 : 15th Jun 2021 at 8:27 PM.
Starting up the computer. Sees the AV needs a restart. Okay, hits the restart button, but computer is slow and for whatever reason the restart is buggy and when the computer starts back up the restart prompt is still there. Oookay? Hits the restart prompt again. I guess 3rd time is the charm (3rd time turning it on), because this time it works.

Computer is off to a bad start today I guess - but I have had to do restarts more often recently, and I tend to forget the shift-turn off, so I guess it probably was needed. Everything was slow the first time around.

And only got worse from there. Stupid thing slowed down to a snail crawl at one point (the usual Windows update muck). I swear, these buggy Win10 updates are getting on my nerves. But for whatever reason the snailspeed issue suddenly cleared up when I was checking something in msconfig, even though I didn't actually do anything in there. I almost imagine the laptop muttering silently to itself "oh, she's considering restarting again, I better start working..." (that issue comes and goes, though - I think it's related to the failing updates realizing they're not going through and finally stopping the process. The "look for update, try to update, update hangs for half an age, update fails" process is what's slowing down everything)
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#283 Old 17th Jun 2021 at 11:52 AM
I heard a expression the other day that is fitting after scanning my local news headlines. "The pandemic isn't over just because you're over it." People in my state are getting the vaccines and yet, they are testing positive for Rona and spreading it.

As for non-Rona things, I finally figured out what has been triggering my asthma for the past many months. Not a official diagnoses, but wheat needs to be removed from my diet. I eat it, 10 minutes later it turns into a full blown asthma episode.
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#284 Old 18th Jun 2021 at 8:19 PM
Due to the drinks I drink from cans, I'm considering buying a can crusher.

Because I drink flavored seltzer from the can and maybe caffeine free sodas from time to time, I may consider buying a can crusher because the recycling can is small and yet the same size as the garbage can.

I may have to anyway. Aluminum is much better at being recycled numerous times without noticable degradation.

I should be the only one to shine,
I am the Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica
(Translation of a line from image song Golden Queen Galaxia)
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#285 Old 18th Jun 2021 at 9:22 PM
@PANDAQUEEN Isn't there a can collecty thing at the supermarket near you? Where you get some money back for returning the cans? Or maybe a bin in your neighbourhood for collecting metal?

Had a bad hair day, no matter how I tied up my hair it was awful. Ended up wearing cap
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#286 Old 19th Jun 2021 at 1:33 AM
@Noa1500, I live in a community that recycles, but they don't pay you for it. A truck normally comes around on Thursdays every couple of weeks to take it to the recycling center.

If anything, it's more to maximize space in the recycling can as it gets sorted at the recycling center because the recycle bin holds the standard paper, metal, plastic and glass.

I should be the only one to shine,
I am the Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica
(Translation of a line from image song Golden Queen Galaxia)
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#287 Old 19th Jun 2021 at 5:00 PM Last edited by simmer22 : 19th Jun 2021 at 6:23 PM.
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Originally Posted by Noa1500
@PANDAQUEEN Isn't there a can collecty thing at the supermarket near you? Where you get some money back for returning the cans? Or maybe a bin in your neighbourhood for collecting metal?


We have a can and bottle return system. There's usually a machine in medium/large grocery shops, and you get a few coins back per item (thought that was common in various around the world by now? No?).

In case you don't know, if you use these machines, you're not supposed to crush the cans or tear off the label of the bottles (or otherwise damage them), because then the machines can't read the label and can't sort them properly (QI had a reminder about cans in their "Rubbish" episode not long ago, along with a bunch of other more or less interesting things about rubbish, trash and recycling).

There's (finally) a glass and metal return system in my area. We had a return system for those, but not one that picked up a bin (or some places did, I don't know?), so it was a bit "eh, don't care". We also have plastic return now, although that one is a bit iffy because you're supposed to clean out everything and take off labels, and *sigh* - I guess if it's easy and clean already it goes in there, and if not it goes in the "everything else" bin. There's also a lot of trash recycling going on apart from bins that get emptied, but people are varying degrees of interested, from all-in to "meh" (My family is somewhere in the middle, I guess - not stressing too much to get it perfect, but sorting when relatively easy and possible). But for the love of sanity could people use bins and not throw stuff on the streets - come on, it's not that hard! We've got bins all around, but people keep "missing" them .
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#288 Old Today at 2:54 AM
The power went out, I have less than 30% power on my battery and I will be grudgingly waiting for the power to restore.

I should be the only one to shine,
I am the Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica
(Translation of a line from image song Golden Queen Galaxia)
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